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The Government Is Paying Public School Parents Billions of Dollars to Keep Their Children Home

April 14, 2021


A puzzle of pandemic public opinion has been the hesitance of lower-income parents to return their children to in-person instruction.

National polling from the University of Southern California has found parents with household income below $30,000 a year generally preferring a remote option for their children. Parents with household income of $100,000 or more have favored in-person learning.

“In D.C., families in the poorest ward rejected offers for an elementary school spot at twice the rate of families in the wealthiest one, according to city data,” the Washington Post reported in late January 2021.

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